What boat to buy?
This is my first post, so please forgive any indiscretions. I’ve followed this forum for four months and it’s just occurred to me that some of you will have the answer to my dilemma of what boat to buy.
Having loved sailing as a teenager with my folks on an 8 m sloop
in the Mozambique channel, I recently decided to get a boat and sail around the world on the trans ocean cruising routes for 3-5 years with my partner before I get too old. I am now a fit 65.
So the last 7 weeks have been spend on full time sailing training in Cape Town
to get my South African license
. This culminated with a windy jaunt around Cape Ahulhas and Cape Point in 55 knots last Friday night on a race
to get the last of the sea miles that I needed. Attention getting!
Initially I wanted a second hand Cat of around 40 foot, but with the devaluation of our currency that will be very expensive, so my thoughts have now also extended to monohulls which are more reasonably priced.
Never having owned a boat before I think that I will be reasonably easily satisfied with whatever I get as long as it has a few more conveniences than the race
boats that I have spent the last 7 weeks on. (no teenagers, dry bunks and a fridge/freezer in particular). We have also just spent 7 months on a 4WD trip up Africa
in an overland truck, so we’re not strangers to limited space and roughing it a bit.
As I see things the ads and disads of each type are:
Have the room
Are faster than monohulls
Have shallow draught to enable one to enjoy shallow areas (How important is this aspect in the Pacific and Caribbean
Are stable at anchor
and upright at sea
Are sufficiently seaworthy
and any shortcomings can be mitigated by sailing away from nasty weather
as they are faster and also having drogues/sea anchors on board will be added insurance
Their disads include price
, poor windward sailing ability, marina costs (although I would want to spend most of the time on the hook away from crowds), awkward motion in rough seas and the feeling that one is sailing a table across the ocean vs. the more fluid motion of a monohull
Less expensive to buy and maintain
Possibly more seaworthy
Better windward ability
More extreme motion at anchor
and in weather
Slower than cats
Deep draught, (it appears that around 2 metres is the norm for a 40 foot boat, which limits access to shallows in some cruising areas. This is my biggest concern, but I am wondering if I am correct in believing this, not having had time to research
Less room for stowage and visitors
I would really appreciate comments, especially from those who have owned both types of craft.
Thanks in advance.......